November 6, 1957 ~ July 11, 2021
Born in: Hackensack, NJ
Resided in: Fletcher, NC
Robert “Bob” Anthony Iurato, 63, of Fletcher, passed away Sunday, July 11, 2021.
A native of Hackensack, NJ, Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Levio and Dorothy Zeunert Iurato; his wife Tracy Basten Iurato and his brother, Michael Iurato.
Bob is survived by his two daughters, Madison Jennings Iurato and Alexandra “Lexi” Michael Iurato; his mother-in-law, JoAnn Basten; two sisters-in-law, Amy Hanks, her husband Neal and their family and Jill Sonka, her husband, Michael and their family, as well as Bob’s girlfriend, Michele Steppe and her children.
Bob worked in the food and beverage industry for over 40 years in NJ, NY and NC. A true “people-person”, Bob’s outgoing demeanor, warm smile and gift of never forgetting a face led to countless friendships throughout his life. Bob was a connoisseur of food and was recently able to fulfill his dream of restaurant ownership when he founded Iurato’s Pizzeria in South Asheville. He loved dancing and the Green Bay Packers, but above all else was his love of family and friends, especially his two daughters.
A Memorial Service to celebrate Bob’s life will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, July 18 in the Chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian and will be officiated by Pastor Kelvin Moseley. The service will be streamed live via Groce Funeral Home’s Facebook page (facebook.com/grocefh). Bob’s family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday evening from 5:00-7:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, Bob’s family graciously asks that memorial gifts be made to a trust which has been established for Madison and Lexi. If you would like to give a (non-deductible) gift to this fund, you can do so by sending a check to Biltmore Church (include in the memo – Iurato Family Fund) and mail to 35 Clayton Road, Arden, NC 28704 or by giving through the secure link: https://my.biltmorechurch.com/iurato
The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Robert "Bob" Anthony Iurato's name.
Iurato Family Fund
35 Clayton Road
Arden, NC 28704
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